Think of a sitemap as a map of a big city. The city is your site. The links within your sitemap are the streets between the pages, aligning everything clearly allowing you to navigate the "city" as easy as possible. If you were lost in a city would a clear indexed map help you find your way?
Sitemaps are no different! Using sophisticated links, the engines can discover how pages are related to each other and in what ways. This allows the search engines to very easily crawl your site and understand the layout.
What is a Sitemap?
Having a sitemap allows Google crawlers to identify & class your content that might not have been found without one. Sitemaps come in a variety of formats and can highlight many different types of content including images, news and videos. Three types of sitemap are;
XML - Extensible Markup Language
RSS - Rich Site Summary
TXT - Text file
Our Sitemap -
Types of sitemap
XML is the most commonly used style of sitemap as it allows the most granular control of page parameters. There are many self generating applications out there that can do this for you using this style.
RSS style can easily be coded to automatically update when additional new content is created making it easier to maintain.
Txt is arguably the easiest of the styles as it works in a one URL per line basis and can be maxed out at 50,000 lines however this style does not provide the ability to add meta data to this.
Are you missing out on potential business by not having a sitemap?
Posted by: Ben Whitehead on July 21st, 2017 @ 2:42 PM